Many celebrities are remembering Toni Morrison’s life and legacy following her death on Aug. 5. On Monday, politicians, writers, and activists paid tribute to the legendary novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner. “She made me understand ‘writer’ was a fine profession,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter. “I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen.”
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris took a moment to reflect on the Beloved author’s profound storytelling. “We lost one of our greatest voices & storytellers,” Kamala tweeted. “Holding close those touched by her being & her gift. Her work gave us power, hope & freedom. While our world shines a little less bright today, we know ‘something that is loved is never lost.'”
Toni’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, shared the news of her death on Monday morning, writing, “We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight.” A spokesperson later told The New York Times the cause was complications of pneumonia. Keep scrolling for more tributes to Toni.